Local Priest Can Give Eligibility Certificate under CAA

  • The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) allows non-Muslim applicants from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to apply for citizenship. 
  • The law was implemented four years after mass protests and just before the Lok Sabha polls. 
  • Applicants must have entered India on or before December 31, 2014. 
  • The eligibility certificate requires an affidavit, reasons for citizenship, and other documents. 
  • The Union government has not specified which authority or body can issue the certificate. 
  • The certificate can be issued by any local pujari (priest) and must confirm the applicant’s religious affiliation. 
  • The final decision on citizenship will be made by an empowered committee, but the local institution can recommend a particular faith. 
  • The certificate holder must specify their name and address and confirm the applicant’s affiliation with one of the six communities from the three countries.


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